Norwegian Forest

  • Active and playful.
  • Sweet, friendly, and family-oriented.
  • Slow to develop, reaching full maturity at five years of age.

Known for its superior hunting ability, this natural breed originated on the farms and in the forests of Norway.  In 1970′s, cat fanciers in Norway started breeding program in order to preserve the breed.  Imported into the United States from Northern Europe in 1980.  Accepted for championship status in the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) in 1993.

Body Type:
  • Medium to large with heavy bones and powerful muscling.
  • Head is triangular with a straight nose and firm chin.
  • Ears are medium large with lynx tufts and plenty of ear furnishings.
  • Eyes are large and almond shaped and can be green or gold.
  • White cats sometimes have blue eyes or are odd eyed.
  • Double-thick, long coat has a ruff and full britches.
  • Coats molt in the spring, with only a minimum of grooming required the rest of the year.
  • All colors or combination of colors are acceptable with the exception of the pointed pattern.
Health and Wellness:
  • In the past, some lines have had problems with cardiomyopathy, a defect of the heart muscle that can lead to heart failure.
  • Gingivitis may be a problem with some lines.  Preventive dental care and early treatment can keep this condition under control.
What you should know:
  • Nicknamed Wedgies in the United States.
  • Frequently confused with the Maine Coon Cat.
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